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Police officers halt traffic to help snake cross busy Virginia street

For two officers in Roanoke, Virginia, the oath of protecting and serving their community extended to a snake that needed help crossing a street. Video shot by a local resident shows the cops halting traffic so the slow-moving snake could slither safely across a busy road.

Randy Leftwich, who took the video Tuesday morning, was dropping off dry cleaning when he noticed a pair of Roanoke police officers stopping traffic on Franklin Road.

"I thought it was a turtle at first," Leftwich told CBS News. "When I saw the snake I thought cops get such a bad rap these days, here are two officers helping out an animal."

The footage shows the cops diverting several cars to get the snake out of harm's way. After a few minutes, the Roanoke reptile made it to the other side intact.

"Awesome to see these guys out there helping," Leftwich said.

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Two Roanoke police officer stopped traffic so a snake could cross a busy intersection. 

Randy Leftwich